So many times we’ve all heard interviewers ask the interviewee, “Who or what has most influenced your life?”
Usually the answer is a family member, an admired colleague, or perhaps experiencing a life-changing event.
Now ponder this. The sea has shaped a part of everyone’s life in ways we may never have imagined.
Mystic Seaport’s signature exhibit in the Stillman Building, Voyages: Stories of America and the Sea, will take you on a voyage of discovery that will connect you personally to the sea in some way, guaranteed.
See the actual small boat, the Analuisa, that managed to bring 20 Cubans across the Straits of Florida in 1994 to begin a new life in the U.S.
Did a relative emigrate to America and touch U.S. soil for the first time on Ellis Island? There are pictures and an audio with poignant comments from immigrants.
How did a young Clara Benson view her life aboard the trading ship her dad captained in the 1880s? Read her penned thoughts.
Empathize with ship Captain George Wendell, who crafted a doll bed for his daughter while at sea, only to learn she died a month before he returned home from his voyage in 1863. You’ll see the bed and learn how the captain dealt with his grief.
Are you a veteran or an active duty sailor in the Navy or U.S. Coast Guard? The Museum has honored these branches of service with wonderful exhibits and videos. You’ll come away with a renewed sense of respect and gratitude for those who serve our country.
Who hasn’t bought something made in a country other than America? How did it get here? Videos and displays show how trade has been the impetus for innovation in getting goods across oceans and up and down rivers.
Imagine commuting to work via a 185-foot yacht! Financier John Pierpoint Morgan did. You’ll see his portrait and read some facts about this wealthy, philanthropic gentleman from New York.
Without even realizing it, the Voyages exhibit will navigate you through a history book of the sea, highlighting softer side notes that you’re sure to find fascinating.
Allow lots of time for this beauty, because you know what?…..we’ve only covered the first floor!
Stay tuned for what awaits you on the Stillman Building’s 2nd and 3rd floors (by elevator, if you so choose.)
For other daily events at Mystic Seaport, log on to: www.mysticseaport.org.